Philadelphia Eagles Nab QB Matt Barkley with 1st Pick in 4th Round of 2013 NFL Draft

By Chris Malumphy

The Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs and open the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by drafting USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The Chiefs followed by selecting Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson. Seeking to build a better defensive middle, the Raiders picked Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence. The Jaguars added wide receiver Ace Sanders from South Carolina. The Patriots drafted TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce. Texas defensive end Alex Okafor was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals who are likely to use him as a linebacker. Using a pick the Dolphins obtained from the Browns for receiver Davone Bess, Miami picked Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Safety Duke Williams of Nevada was picked by the Buffalo Bills.

The Dolphins selected Dion James, tight end from Michigan State, using a pick they obtained from the Jets that originally belonged to the Saints. Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews love offensive linemen big-time so the Tennesse Titans drafted quick California center Brian Schwenke.

With the 107th selection, the Carolina Panthers picked guard Edmund Kugbila from Valdosta State, the first player drafted from Valdosta since Artie Ulmer in 1997. None of the three other players drafted from Valdosta where selected in the top two hundred players in their drafts: Ulmer, linebacker, 1997, 7th round, 220 player; Antonio Edwards, defensive end, 1993, 8th round, 204th player; Robert Morris, defensive end, 1990, 10th round, 257th player.

Tackle David Bakhtiari will join the Green Bay Packers from Colorado.

Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib will remain in state to backup Eli Manning for the New York Giants. Nassib's Syracuse teammate, safety Shamarko Thomas was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oakland Raiders threw Arkansas' Tyler Wilson into their quarterback mix. Alabama guard Barrett Jones will try to protect Sam Bradford in St. Louis. The Cowboys took cornerback B.W. Webb from William & Mary.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will backup Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Guard Earl Watford from James Madison was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. The Chicago Bears added outside linebacker Khaseem Green from Rutgers. Linebacker Sean Porter was drafted by the Bengals from Texas A&M. The Redskins liked safety Phillip Thomas from Fresno State. The Vikings followed by taking outside linebacker Gerald Hodges from Penn State. Andrew Luck gets another protector in Indianapolis as the Colts selected USC center Khaled Holmes. The Packers drafted tackle J.C. Tretter from Cornell. Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper will try to break into a talented receiving corps in Seattle. The Houston Texans added defensive end Trevardo Williams from Connecticut, which has had more players drafted this year than many of the traditional football powerhouses. The Packers added yet another running back by selecting Johnathan Franklin from UCLA. Tampa Bay drafted defensive end William Gholston from Michigan State. The Atlanta Falcons chose defensive end Malliciah Goodman from Clemson. The San Francisco 49ers picked wide receiver Quinton Patton from Louisiana Tech. The Ravens followed by picking John Simon, a defensive end from Ohio State, and then, using a compensatory pick, fullback Kyle Juszczyk from Harvard.

When great teams that already have too many picks are further enriched with compensatory draft selections, they can take chances. The 49ers did just that in selecting exciting, but injured, running back Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina which caused remembrance of the Bills using a first round pick on Willis McGahee a decade ago.

The Lions used a compensatory pick on Devin Taylor, a defensive end from South Carolina. The Falcons followed by choosing Levine Toilolo, a tight end from Stanford.

2013 NFL Draft Fourth Round
4198Matt BarkleyEaglesQBUSC
4299Nico JohnsonChiefsLBAlabama
43100Akeem SpenceRaidersDTIllinois
44101Ace SandersJaguarsWRSouth Carolina
45102Josh BoycePatriotsWRTexas Christian
46103Alex OkaforCardinalsDETexas
47104Jelani JenkinsDolphinsLBFlorida
48105Duke WilliamsBillsDBNevada
49106Dion SimsDolphinsTEMichigan State
410107Brian SchwenkeTitansCCalifornia
411108Edmund KugbilaPanthersGValdosta State
412109David BakhtiariPackersTColorado
413110Ryan NassibChargersQBSyracuse
414111Shamarko ThomasSteelersDBSyracuse
415112Tyler WilsonRaidersQBArkansas
416113Barrett JonesRamsGAlabama
417114B.W. WebbCowboysDBWilliam & Mary
418115Landry JonesSteelersQBOklahoma
419116Earl WatfordCardinalsGJames Madison
420117Khaseem GreenBearsLBRutgers
421118Sean PorterBengalsLBTexas A&M
422119Phillip ThomasRedskinsDBFresno State
423120Gerald HodgesVikingsLBPenn State
424121Khaled HolmesColtsCUSC
425122J.C. TretterPackersTCornell
426123Chris HarperSeahawksWRKansas State
427124Trevardo WilliamsTexansDEConnecticut
428125Johnathan FranklinPackersRBUCLA
429126William GholstonBuccaneersDEMichigan State
430127Malliciah GoodmanFalconsDEClemson
431128Quinton Patton49ersWRLouisiana Tech
432129John SimonRavensDEOhio State
433130Kyle JuszczykRavensRBHarvard
434131Marcus Lattimore49ersRBSouth Carolina
435132Devin TaylorLionsDESouth Carolina
436133Levine ToiloloStanfordTEC